Connecticut Fire Prevention laws & safety compliance analysis

Connecticut Fire Prevention: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs private employers in Connecticut, requires that companies with 10 or more employees have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans for each workplace. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally. To ensure that the exit plan will work in an actual emergency, it is advisable to rehearse regularly with annual or semiannual drills.

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State code. While state law no longer requires fire drills for most facilities, the state Fire Protection Code, administered by the state fire marshal's office, recommends that fire drills be conducted for large employers (500 or more employees) and at high-rise facilities or those with significant areas below ground level (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 29-292 et seq.).

EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires an emergency action plan to include at least the following:

  • Designated monitors or guides to ensure orderly exit in emergencies
  • Emergency escape procedures and escape route assignments
  • Procedures for employees who must stay behind to maintain or terminate critical operations before evacuation
  • Procedures for counting heads after evacuation is complete
  • Rescue and medical duties for those assigned to perform them
  • Reporting procedures
  • Names and job titles of employees who can dispense information about the emergency action plan
  • An employee alarm system
  • The use of floor plans or workplace maps that clearly show the emergency escape routes
  • The designation of refuge or safe areas for evacuation (i.e., parking lots or open fields away from the emergency)

Not required by OSHA, but crucial to an effective workplace plan are:

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